Man Utd encounter familiar Paul Pogba problem with Donny van de Beek
Manchester United have come under fire from Donny van de Beek’s agent over the start of his career at the club.
Sjaak Swaart has taken the unusual step of speaking publicly about the lack of playing time for his client since making the £40million move from Ajax last month.
Van de Beek has been used as a substitute in the opening two Premier League games, scoring against Crystal Palace.
Swaart declared “I don’t like it at all” regarding his early involvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“A substitute, I don’t like it at all,” he told Voetbal Primeur.
“I couldn’t do it myself, substituting in with four minutes left to play. Then you’d better let me sit down.
“I have to say: he did three more good things. The penalty, where the winning goal came from, came from him.
“But normally they should have lost 1-7. Five times post and bar, Brighton … They have a nice team, but that shouldn’t happen to Manchester United.”
But the problems posed by an agent getting involved is nothing new.
The Red Devils became involved in a high-profile dispute with Mino Raiola, agent of Paul Pogba, regarding his public criticism of the club.
Despite the feud with Raiola, Solskjaer remained unnerved and Pogba continued to be a key member of his side with outside noise put to one side.
Back in February, Raiola slammed Solskjaer on social media, stating: “Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer’s property, Paul is Paul Pogba’s. You cannot own a human being already for a long time in the UK or anywhere else.
“I hope Solskjaer do[sic] not want to suggest that Paul is his prisoner.
“But before Solskjaer makes comments about things I say he should inform himself better about the content of what has been said.
“I am a free citizen who can think and express my thoughts. Until now I was maybe too nice to him. Solskjaer should just remember things that he said in the summer to Paul.
“I think Solskjaer may be frustrated for different reasons and is now mixing up some issues. I think that Solskjaer has other things to worry about. At least if I was him I would.”
He also claimed he would no longer do business with the club after a dispute with Ed Woodward last summer, but that has now been resolved after Pogba reportedly asked for the relationship to be repaired.
And whilst the off-field distractions surrounding Pogba via Raiola were not ideal, Solskjaer poured cold water on the situation.
He said: “I don’t have to comment through the media on Mino and what he says. I can probably speak to him myself, so…”
“You can’t control it anyway, everyone’s got a voice and you can have your own opinion.
“There are things being said about us where you want to comment but you’d rather not and it’s more clever that you don’t comment on many different things.
“It’s not my rapport and Paul and Mino do have their conversations but it’s fine.”
The latest situation with Van de Beek will no doubt have upset some at Old Trafford and caused an unwelcome distraction regarding their newest signing.
But the club are familiar with dealing with and shutting down outside noise from agents after recent events with Pogba and Raiola.
And it is unlikely to have a major impact as Van de Beek looks to carve out a role at Old Trafford.